FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Thursday, 2nd May 2019
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Name: Dave Walker
Email: dave@wildtrout.co.za
Phone: 082 475 5775

Rhodes.

The rivers are in superb condition after the rains that have fallen in the last couple of months and the fishing has been very good since the rains started. The rivers remain open throughout winter.

Maclear & Ugie

Colin Moolman of the club reports that the rivers are running quite high, but should be just right for the Rapture of the River festival being held 10 to 11 May. See http://www.fosaf.org.za/calendar.php.  The fish population was completely decimated by the drought two years ago, but the numbers have recovered and instead of being over-populated the stocks are back to normal with some nice fish present. The club has access to a number of dams which are well stocked. The rivers close at the end of May until Sept 1.

Barkly East

Some of the lower stretches are still discoloured, but the upper reaches are in good condition with plenty of fish. One of the local anglers recently took an 8lb and a 6lb rainbow from the Langkloof near the town which is an indication that these waters can produce big trout.

 The fingerlings which were stocked in the Happy Valley Dam late last year are already 30 to 35cm and this dam also has some trophy sized fish. The club has a second dam which has been stocked with browns which will only be opened when they reach catchable size.

Day tickets at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or andrew.clark@bkb.co.za. Note that the rivers close from end May until Sept 1.

Lady Grey

The Karringmelkspruit in the Lupela Lodge section, as in the case of all the other streams in the NE Cape Highlands is flowing well, but after the recent drought the population has been thinned out with the result that there are plenty of fish over 40cm in good condition. The Lupela stretch will remain open over winter.

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A trophy trout from the Langkloof

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Langkloof River, Barkly East